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Amateur paleontologist finds rare fossil of fish in Arizona
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FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) -- Growing up, Stephanie Leco often would dig in her backyard and imagine finding fossils of a tyrannosaurus rex. She was fascinated with the idea of holding something in her hand that was millions of years old and would give her insight on how the world evolved....

Pacific bluefin tuna group puts off new moves to save fish
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TOKYO (AP) -- An international body that monitors fisheries in most of the Pacific Ocean ended a meeting in Japan on Thursday without agreement on fresh measures to protect the dwindling bluefin tuna....

Residents of eroding village welcome Obama's attention
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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- Residents of a Native village threatened by erosion were thankful for President Barack Obama's attention to their plight, saying they hope his visit to Alaska will help them secure funding to build a critical evacuation road to drier ground....

New NASA soil moisture satellite loses 1 science instrument
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A NASA satellite launched just seven months ago has lost the use of one of two science instruments, but the space agency said Wednesday that the mission to map global soil moisture will continue....

Israel unveils 1,800-year-old sarcophagus
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israel has unveiled an 1,800-year-old sarcophagus that workers found at a building site and initially tried to conceal....

Lots of trees to hug: Study counts 3 trillion trees on Earth
WASHINGTON (AP) -- More than 3 trillion trees now grow on Earth, seven times more than scientists previously thought. But it's also trillions fewer than there used to be, a new study concludes....

Soyuz carrying 3-man crew blasts off for orbiting station
BAIKONUR, Kazakhstan (AP) -- A Soyuz spacecraft carrying a Russian, a Dane and a Kazakh blasted off on Wednesday for a two-day trip to the International Space Station....

UN: This El Nino to be among the strongest since 1950
GENEVA (AP) -- The current El Nino weather pattern may be on track to become one of the strongest in more than half a century, experts at the World Meteorological Organization said Tuesday....

North America's tallest mountain gets new name _ and height
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- North America's tallest mountain doesn't just have a new name. It also has a new elevation....

New collars monitor pets for pain, problems
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- You can use wearables with GPS to keep track of wandering dogs. Others help you track animals' physical activity....